Destiny 2: How to Farm Commendations

Commendations might be an annoying new mechanic in Destiny 2, but getting them doesn't have to be.

Commendations might be an annoying new mechanic in Destiny 2, but getting them doesn't have to be.

The controversial Commendation system in Destiny 2 isn’t likely to go anywhere anytime soon. With the mechanic tied to progressing Guardian Ranks, you’ll need as many Commendations as you can farm.

Farming Commendations was once much easier, but Bungie saw to nerfing the old cheese rather quickly. Now getting lots of recommendations quickly takes a bit more effort and is just a tad more interesting to do. Here’s how.

Best Commendation Farms in Destiny 2

The short version is there are no hyper-efficient farms for Commendations currently in Destiny 2. The previous method of continually defeating Riven, the final boss of the Last Wish Raid, no longer functions, as there’s a significant cooldown on giving Commendations in both Raids and Dungeons.

Bungie has also drastically reduced the number of Commendation points needed for higher Guardian Ranks. Farming is less important than it once was. 

The only way to get Commendations is to play with other people, so you’ll need to either have a fireteam of friends or LFG players or stick to matchmade activities. And as always, the best and easiest farm is to stick to the core ritual playlists: Vanguard Ops, Gambit, and Crucible.

The competitive modes are technically better, as more players means more potential to give and receive Commendations, but if PvP is out of the question, Vanguard Ops is your main recourse.

You can also head into any Seasonal activity or Dares of Eternity for relatively consistent player activity. Dares is the better of the two, as it’s also a six-person playlist, and you can finish most runs in about ten minutes or so.

If you exhaust yourself of the core playlists in Destiny 2, you can go into higher-difficulty and more specialized activities. You still can get Commendations from doing Raids and Dungeons. You just can’t get an effectively infinite amount of them anymore.

The only way to not get Commendations is to do all the soloable content in the game: much of Neomuna, anything in a patrol space, Legend/Master Lost Sectors, and solo story campaigns for Witch Queen and Lightfall.

Sadly, there’s not much more to say about farming Commendations in Destiny 2 right now. If a new cheesy strategy comes along, we’ll update this guide appropriately. For now, the best way to get more Commendation Score is to play the game normally and participate in as many multiplayer activities as possible. If you’re looking for help with other Destiny 2 content, check out our D2 guides hub.

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John Schutt

John Schutt has been playing games for almost 25 years, starting with Super Mario 64 and progressing to every genre under the sun. He spent almost 4 years writing for strategy and satire site TopTierTactics under the moniker Xiant, and somehow managed to find time to get an MFA in Creative Writing in between all the gaming. His specialty is action games, but his first love will always be the RPG. Oh, and his avatar is, was, and will always be a squirrel, a trend he's carried as long as he's had a Steam account, and for some time before that.